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The Well-Tempered Calculator
2013
performance
20 min.

The Well-Tempered Calculator is a performance which script has been appropriated by listening to different sources that address logical forms related to authority. The performance presents a specific combination of four different voices, the speech of a flight attendant delivering emergency instructions, a proctor in a standardized international test, auctioneer’s chants, and vocabulary – in alphabetical order – for describing personal qualities in a school report. A fifth voice, which seems to lie on the other side of those logical schemes, presents itself as a more nonsensical, almost mystical, element. All together, the spectator will be encountered with different ways of listening to and saying the unsayable.

The Well-Tempered Calculator is part of Composing Through Words, a Het Veem Theatre event initiated and curated by Fleur van Muiswinkel. The event brings together the performance work of six renowned national and international artists of recent generation including Sarah van Lamsveerde, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Ruth Beale, Nicole Bachmann, Rosie Heinrich, and Tight Jans+2. Composing Through Words explores the shapes and structures of language and text, and how they both determine our perspective on our daily reality, culture and history. The programme takes the audience along five performances and a jazz concert.

Composing Through Words is a Stichting A.P.E. production in co-production with Het Veem Theatre. Special thanks to Maaike Gouwenberg (Stichting A.P.E.), and Nicole Bachmann and Ruth Beale (Performance as Publishing).

Saturday 23 November, 2013 / 19:00 / Het Veem Theatre, Amsterdam

The video-performance The Well-Tempered Calculator was also part of the exhibition Performatón curated by Javier Villa at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires in March 2014.

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The Well-Tempered Calculator (La Calculadora Bien Templada)
Performance, 20 min.
2013

The Well Tempered Calculator es una performance cuyo guión ha sido apropiado al escuchar diferentes fuentes  vinculadas a la figura de autoridad. Presenta una combinación específica de cuatro voces: el discurso de una azafata dando instrucciones de emergencia, un procurador en un test internacional estandarizado, palabras de un agente en un remate, y un vocabulario – en orden alfabético – para describir cualidades personales en un reporte escolar. Una quinta voz, que parece situarse al otro lado de esos esquemas lógicos, se presenta como un elemento casi místico, sin sentido alguno. En conjunto, el espectador se encontrará con diferentes formas de escuchar y decir lo indecible.

Esta performance es parte de “Composing Through Words” (Componiendo por Medio de Palabras), un proyecto curado por Fleur van Muiswinkel. El mismo explora las formas y estructuras del lenguaje y el texto, y la manera en que éstos moldean nuestra perspectiva cotidiana de la realidad, cultura e historia. El programa conlleva cinco performances y un concierto de Jazz.

Composing Through Words” es una producción Stichting A.P.E. en co-producción con el Het Veem Theatre de Amsterdam. Un especial agradecimiento a Maaike Gouwenberg (Stichting A.P.E.), Nicole Bachmann, y Ruth Beale (Performance as Publishing).

Het Veem Theatre, Amsterdam, Holanda
23 Noviembre, 2013 

Link a la video-documentación:
https://vimeo.com/94128695

Visual Mnemonics from the scriptThe Well-Tempered Calculator